PREVIEW OF THE BLACK LOBSTER

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CATCH UP WITH THE BLACK LOBSTER

OLD PORT, MAINE

LOCAL TAVERN ALONG THE WARF

“Shark Frenzy,” The lady with the THICK Russian accent said as she slammed down her third Black Russian shot. I was working on my own, a White Russian shot though I had lost count some time ago. “Black man, White Russian, White girl, Black Russian,” She wailed a hardy belly laugh. The bartender handed her another shot glass full and it never made it to the bar top.

The guy looked at me, “You paying?” and I gave him the okay. He hesitated so I pulled out a hundred-dollar bill and put it on the bar. He made her another drink.

“You think you’re going to get lucky, tonight don’t you?” She said guzzling the drink down again.

“Not really. I’ve already been lucky once this year.”

“Why do I do what I do you ask?”

“What do you do?”

“I’m an Escort, a prostitute,” She didn’t wait for me to respond. “The money? Oh, it’s a great career choice, I go out there and service 10, 15, 20, 30 middle-aged, greasy, hairy white men every night only to have the privilege of turning the money over to my pimp.” She finally sat down on her stool.

We both downed our drinks. I was starting to feel it. “You like tattoos? I have a special one, it’s hypnotic.” She turned her back to me and pulled up her shirt. Her back was covered by a very strange tattoo that seemed to move and change shape as I looked. I personally hate tattoos but suddenly hers was beginning to look better and better. She staggered to her feet. “I’m ready, take me home now.”

Just my luck a drunk off the wall Russian call girl with a quivering tattoo. I’d be crazy to mess with her. Good thing I already got lucky this year.

All at once a brute of a man slammed through the door rushed over and slapped her across the face. “BITCH.”

I moved quickly in-between them grabbing the man by the collar and slapping him across his. “Don’t you know that hurts?” The guy went to punch me, but I blocked it and body slammed him into the bar. He groggily said something in Russian then he passed out.

A lovely lady who was watching from the end of the bar, all smiles walked up to me. “Wow, it’s not every day that you get rescued by the famous BLACK LOBSTER!”

NEW STAR HORIZON (ENCORE)

IN ORBIT AROUND ALNIHAM ORION 4 ONBOARD THE HORIZON

TRANSMISSION FROM THE NEW STAR HORIZON

TO SPACE STATION AT ALPHA CENTAURI

TRANSMISSION AS FOLLOWS

THE HORIZON NEW STAR CLASS HAS FIRED ITS THRUSTERS AND SLOWED INTO ORBIT AROUND THE FOURTH OF SEVEN PLANETS OF THE BLUE SUPERGIANT STAR ALNILAM OF THE CONSTELLATION ORION

THE PLANET IS DESIGNATED ALNIHAM ORION 4

MISSION OBJECTIVE

HORIZON’S PRIMARY MISSION IS COVERT SURVEY OF THE PLANET AND RETURN TO ALPHA-CENTURI WITH THAT INFORMATION NOT TO ENGAGE ANYONE UNLESS THE CREW OR THE COLONISTS ARE THREATHENED

MISSION BASIS

30 YEARS AGO, THAT THE ‘ORION EXPEDITION’ TO THE 4TH PLANET NEVER EMERGED FROM THE WORMHOLE AND THAT EVERY ONE OF THE 40 SHIPS CARRYING THE COLONIST WAS LOST IN SPACE. TWO YEARS AGO, A SIGNAL WAS RECEIVED FROM THE PLANET ALNIHAM ORION 4

MISSION STATUS:

THE SHIP ACCOMMODATION OF 40 ONBOARD THE ENTIRE CREW IN STASIS CHAMBER UNITS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THEM AGAINST THE EXTREME EFFECTS OF TRAVELING THROUGH WORMHOLES

THE MAIN CREW IS AS FOLLOWS:

CAPTAIN SCOTT DRAPER MISSION COMMANDER

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER JIM QUINN EXECUTIVE OFFICER

COLONEL BARBARA SCHENCKLER M.D. MEDICAL OFFICER

MAJOR PATRICIA WHITE M.D. MEDICAL ASSISTANT

LIEUTENANT MICHELLE MCNAMARA FLIGHT COUNSELOR

MAJOR MATT STEWART ACTING SHIP ENGINEER

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOHN CONRAD OPERATIONS

SENIOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICER BOB “O.D.” O’DONOVAN SECURITY

SERGEANT GREG HAFFS NAVIGATIONS OFFICER

ENSIGN PETER BELVEDERE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

PETTY OFFICER MIKE O’DONOVAN MACHINIST’S MATE FIRST CLASS

SPACEMAN 1ST CLASS ERIC SEAVER SENIOR PILOT

CORPORAL 1ST CLASS DORIS TRAVERS CO-PILOT

DR. JOSEPH DEFOREST ACTING SCIENCE OFFICER

DR. KEIKO MATSUI ASTROBIOLOGIST

SADIA MIRZA PHD ASTROPHYSICIST

AMBASSADOR APRIL FLOWERS ACTING ENVOY

THE FOLLOWING WERE ADDED TO HORIZON’S CREW:

SHUTTLE CREW

LIEUTENANT COLONEL MARIA MIRANDA SHUTTLE CREW COMMANDER

LIEUTENANT JETSENIA HERNANDEZ

ENSIGN RUTH NICOLET

ENSIGN DANAYA PATTERSON

CORPORAL ANDREA RODRIGUEZ

PRIVATE ALISON MUNDY

WARRANT OFFICER TATIANA DURAN

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